Special Programs

Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center

The Supreme Court of Ohio authorizes student practice under attorney supervision in the final year of law school. Through the clinic, students provide legal representation to indigent clients and community groups and receive academic credit. The supervising attorneys are full-time members of the law faculty. The clinical program is the capstone of the skills curriculum and offers specialized practice experiences in Criminal Justice, Community Development, Civil Litigation Practice, focused on consumer matters, predatory lending, social security disability, and other public benefit issues, Immigration, Health Law, and Family Law.

Center for Business Law and Regulation

To better prepare its students and future leaders with a thorough understanding of the business issues facing entrepreneurs, entities, and other clients, the School of Law created the Center for Business Law and Regulation. The center focuses on expanding curricular offerings and programs as well as engaging in opportunities for legal, empirical, and interdisciplinary research, assessing the role and impact of government in the regulation of business. The center will also host special lectures and symposia to highlight topics in business law and foster public debate and inquiry regarding business regulation.

Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CICSDR)

During this age of globalization, our world has begun to steadfastly look toward negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution as alternative methods of solving conflict. Since the 1970s, the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) movement has gained momentum in judicial and academic circles and is currently reflected in courses in most law schools, while the number of established mediation and arbitration practices continues to rise. To best prepare students for meeting these societal and legal changes, Case School of Law has established the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CISCDR). CISCDR’s core mission is to encourage greater sensitivity to appropriate dispute resolution and skill development, preparing Case School of Law students for the multiple roles they will perform as lawyers in a global economy.

Center for Law, Technology and the Arts

The Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts was established as an internationally recognized forum for the interdisciplinary study of law, technology, and the arts. The Center focuses on teaching, research, and programs pertaining to intellectual property, technological innovation and technology transfer, the intersection of science, economics, philosophy, and the law, legal issues concerning biotechnology and computer technologies, and laws and cultural issues relating to the creative arts. Through the Center, the law school is able to offer students opportunities to address important, topical issues relating to law and technology and law and the arts through a variety of courses, lectures, events, and symposia.

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

The International Law Center serves as the stimulus for enhancing programs in international, comparative, and transnational law at the law school. It supports visiting scholars and visiting faculty at the law school to enrich the curriculum and research capacity of the resident faculty. It also supports the development of international information resources. Through a series of sister law school relationships, it seeks to attract foreign students to the law school and provide opportunities for Case Western Reserve law students to study abroad; it also provides opportunities for faculty to study and teach abroad.

Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

The events and aftermath of 9/11 have made security and counter-terrorism fundamental, if not defining, concerns for the world community, nations, companies, the legal system, and individuals. The institute for Global Security Law and Policy was created in 2005 to provide a uniquely comprehensive hub for addressing the legal, financial, political, social, religious and cultural ramifications of counterterrorism, using an innovative multifaceted approach that integrates theory with practical application. The Institute develops and integrates the best learning from the academic and the real world and draws on numerous disciplines and experiences to provide innovative and world class programs, research, teaching, and service on the issues of security and counter-terrorism. The work of the Institute serves as an invaluable resource to governments, businesses, organizations, the legal profession, and the general community.

Law-Medicine Center

The Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University has been in operation for over 50 years. It began with a focus on forensic medicine, but has broadened to include the whole range of legal, social, economic, scientific, and ethical issues in which law and medicine are interrelated. Besides the regular course offerings, the center frequently presents lectures, symposia, and workshops, and sponsors major conferences. It publishes a student-edited journal, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine. Participants in the center’s activities include not only university personnel, but also professionals from such institutions as University Hospitals of Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic.

Center for Social Justice

The School of Law has a proud but little-known history of providing a welcoming atmosphere that attracted african american students in the years before desegregation. Many of those graduates went on to distinguished careers. The purpose of the Center for Social Justice is to honor those graduates and the School of Law’s historic commitment to racial equality, as well as to promote social justice now and in the future for various groups that experience discriminatory treatment today. Its activities include holding conferences and speaker programs, hosting scholars from academia and practice, expanding curricular coverage, and providing financial support to students working in the area of social justice full-time after graduation or during summers while in law school.

Canada-United States Law Institute

The Canada-U.S. Law Institute, established in 1976, is jointly sponsored by the law schools of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Western Ontario. Its primary educational purpose is to give students of both schools a comparative perspective on their own country’s legal system. Each semester, up to six students from each school spend the term in residence at the other school. The school in which the student is a degree candidate gives full credit for the semester’s work. The two schools also exchange faculty, usually for periods of one or a few days, but occasionally to teach one or more courses for a full semester.

A second purpose of the institute is to provide a framework for the exploration of transnational and international legal issues affecting the relationship between Canada and the United States. In addition to the regularly scheduled courses on Canadian-U.S. topics, the institute sponsors workshops and conferences, including annual conferences in Cleveland, which, in recent years, have dealt with Canadian-U.S. economic ties.

The institute also sponsors a regular publication, the Canada-U.S. Law Journal; the annual Niagara Moot Court Competition, in which students from U.S. and Canadian law schools participate; and special research projects, often with funding support.

Litigation Program

Since the mid-1970s, the School of Law has invested heavily in its litigation program. Students practice the basic skills of trial advocacy in such courses as LAWS 397, Trial Tactics (4), and in the co-curricular moot court and mock trial programs.